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My TIFF Experience – TIFF 2017 Review

09.16.17

Hey guys! I just watched my very first TIFF movie and I’m here to tell you all about my TIFF experience. I actually had a really good time but there are definitely things I learned that I thought I would share with you all today.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the world’s largest publicly attended film festivals since anyone can attend and the tickets are reasonably priced – although I disagree (more about that later). At the festival, the public can attend lectures, discussions, workshops and most importantly screenings of movies that have yet to come out! TIFF starts after the labour day weekend and runs for 11 days. A lot of celebrities do come out to the festival as well so there is a chance you can meet your favourite celebrity. After you watch a movie at TIFF, you can vote for the People’s Choice Award. This award has predicted some Oscar winners in the past for movies like Slumdog Millionaire, La La Land, Silver Linings Playbook, among others, making it another reason for being super popular.

The movie that we chose to watch was The Mountain Between Us staring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. We originally wanted to watch Victoria and Abdul however, the date we wanted to watch it was the premiere and tickets were $59/person! I can’t justify spending that much on a movie when I know I can watch it for 5 bucks on Tuesday night (if it comes out)! So, I tried finding a movie that looked good but was also a reasonable price. Most movies at TIFF have 3-4 different screening times, however, the ones on the weekend cost $35-$59, whereas the ones on weekends cost $18. So, we watched it on a weekday for $18/ticket.

We watched the movie at The Princess of Wales, although different movies play at different venues all around Toronto. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, although the people I went with would disagree. I enjoyed it so much, that I actually voted for it for the People’s Choice Award. So, if it wins, and you guys watch it and don’t enjoy it, you may have me to blame! Hehe!

Anyways, after the movie, we walked around a bit and saw red carpets at several places, and were pretty close to see Halle Berry! There are different sponsors of TIFF, and we entered to win gas by Acura, had some lemonade from Pure Leaf Canada, and also took some pictures on these swings decorated with fresh flowers.

To make my TIFF experience oh so special, I was hoping to run into Idris Elba. Since another reason I chose the movie was because I really do like him, especially in the show Luther! I didn’t 🙁 OH WELL, there is always next year!

We went for dinner after at the District Eatery, a place with a ton of vegan options, although I didn’t enjoy what I ordered (the nachos) and went for dessert at this ice cream place called Sweet Jesus which was SO GOOD! Highly recommend!

Overall, I really did enjoy my TIFF experience! It was a fun day 🙂

my tiff experience - tiff 2017 review

my tiff experience - tiff 2017 review

my tiff experience - tiff 2017 review

my tiff experience - tiff 2017 review

my tiff experience - tiff 2017 review

Kam Travels

Madrid Travel Guide – Vegan Restaurants in Madrid

09.09.17

The final destination on our Portugal/Spain trip was Madrid and Segovia so I have a Madrid travel guide for you today! So, Madrid was one place I wasn’t too excited about since I couldn’t find anything super cool to do. However, Madrid surprised me. Not in terms of things to do, but food! There are the most amazing vegan restaurants in Madrid that you just have to try!

So, let’s just start with Vegan Restaurants in Madrid:

La Hummuseria: This place was definitely my favourite because I’m a huge fan of hummus and this place had the best hummus I’ve ever had. The name was so fitting as most of their dishes came with hummus and everything was so affordable. Ever since we went to this restaurant, Gursheel has become a huge fan of hummus as well and we have been eating hummus daily. Now I just need to find the best recipe ever for hummus so I can start making it at home. Oh, and the decor here was so cool!

La Hummuseria vegan restaurants in Madrid

Restaurant Viva Burger: This was another vegan restaurant in Madrid that was amazing! It’s a burger place that also had such a cool style. We ordered takeout from here and ate our burgers at our airbnb but, seriously, the burgers were SOOO GOOD!! and we ordered fries as well as a side that came with the vegan garlic mayo dip that was delicious!! Such a great place and I highly recommend! It was a bit pricier compared to the other restaurants we went to though, but if you come during their special hours, you can get a good deal!

restaurant viva burger - vegan restaurants in madrid

B13 Bar: This again was an amazing vegan restaurant in Madrid! This was the first restaurant we went to on our first night in Madrid and we were lined up outside the place at 8pm, so right when it opened we got to pick the first set of seats. This was so useful as 10 minutes later, the restaurant was PACKED! Again, they had such amazing food at such amazing prices. We ate a feast and it didn’t cost much at all. But the most memorable thing was the cake. We got this huge slice of vegan chocolate cake and I still talk about it to Gursheel. It was hands down the best vegan cake I’ve had!

VEGA: This was once again another vegan restaurant in Madrid that I wish we got to stay for dinner. We can during the day and like most restaurants in Madrid, it opened at 8 pm for dinner. We were starving, so we went inside and order some appetizers. Some fancy ones at that. And they were really good that I wished we had stayed longer.

I think those were the main vegan restaurants in Madrid that we got to try and loved. In terms of things to do, there honestly wasn’t much that I would recommend. We did the main touristy things but they were a bit underwhelming compared to what we saw in Lisbon, Seville and the Algarve. We took the transit system around the city from our airbnb (as it was a bit outside the city) and it was pretty easy to navigate and find our way around. Some of the highlights were the following:

Retiro Park: This is the largest park in Madrid and has a huge pond in the middle where you can go kayaking or canoeing. We just walked around the park and tried to find shade as much as possible because it was HOT when we went!

Caixforum Vertical Garden: I was searching for cool things to see in Madrid and this came up. As a plant lover I was pretty excited about this, however, it was a bit disappointing. It was just this one wall that had some plants growing on it. Kind of cool, but I expected something more.

vertical gardens in madrid spain

Royal Palace of Madrid and the Royal Botanical Gardens: The Royal Palace is where the Spanish royalty lives and the botanical gardens are in their backyard. This was a nice place to go for an evening walk and is filled with tourists!

Portugal and Spain 2017

Portugal and Spain 2017

Portugal and Spain 2017

Portugal and Spain 2017

I think that’s about all I would recommend. We tried some of the other must see places in Madrid, but I think they were too underwhelming for me to mention. But if you ever do go to Madrid, go for the vegan food. It is a fairly modern city compared to the other places we visiting in Portugal and Spain, so you can’t expect much in terms of some cool historic places. If any of you have ever been and there was something you loved, I would love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever tried any of these restaurants and what you enjoyed  the most in Madrid.

Price Break Down (2 days in Madrid):

Food: 61.92 euro

Gas: 48.48 euro (to fill up our rental car, we drove to Madrid from Seville)

Transit: 12 euro

 

Total: 122.4 euro (half of it on food, hehe)

I really hope you enjoyed these travel guides I did for our Portugal and Spain trip and if you learned anything in this post it is that there are amazing vegan restaurants in Madrid that are must visit!

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3 Layer Microwavable Bento Box Review – BPA Free

09.05.17

Bento boxes are so cool! But they’re super expensive for what they are. I mean you can get a whole set of tupperware with the price of just one bento box. That is why I set out to find the best bento box at the most affordable price, and I think I found it! You’re going to love this bento box review!

So, most bento boxes are two layers, which actually doesn’t work too great for Gursheel and I. We usually take fruit, vegetables and a meal to work, so three layers is ideal. This bento box that I found is three layers, ships to Canada and the final price (including shipping and taxes) is less than $32 CAD for 2 boxes! That comes out to be $16 each. Although to get this price, you need to buy 2 boxes and also allows for free shipping. I bought it on Amazon.ca and got it the next day, thanks to the almighty one day shipping!

I don’t know about you but that price is unheard of for a high quality bento box! (My friend bought a mon bento box for $40!) And this bento box is actually much better than others, since it is BPA free, microwavable, leak proof, has a divider and three whole layers! It comes in blue, pink and green, so I bought the blue one for myself and the pink for Gursheel (hehe, I’m kidding)!

I can’t wait to share meal planning ideas revolving around this bento box. So, get your hands on this box before prices increase!

bento box review

bento box review

bento box review

bento box review

When you go to Amazon.ca and find this box or you can use this link to get there directly: Bento Box, you will find that the price is $16.99 for the blue one and $17.99 for either the green or pink one. However, when you go to checkout, a discount will be applied. For us it was $3.50! I bought another item that I needed with this order so I could get free Amazon Prime shipping (total needs to be $35 for this).

So, now on to the actual bento box review. Since I got this bento box the day after I ordered it, I went right to work to test it out. It microwaves perfectly, but I wouldn’t put the lid on it since it may get ruined (didn’t want to ruin it so didn’t test this out). It also is definitely leakproof, since I put some dhal (lentil soup) in the bottom compartment and shook it around, and nothing leaked!

The other concern I had was it seemed small. The bottom layer is deeper than the top two. I thought our fruit wouldn’t fit, but I tested it out using the largest fruit we usually pack: the honeydew, and it fit perfectly! So, I think the size is perfect!

Anyways, I’m sure it is back to school for a lot of you and I thought I would join in on the excitement on starting fresh. My goal is to start eating healthier because I know how important it is to take care of your body through the food you eat and this bento box is a good way to start. I hope you guys enjoyed this bento box review and if you guys purchase this box let me know what you think? I can’t wait to share healthy recipes and meal planning guides using this bento box!

bento box review

bento box review

bento box review